Colossal Statue of a Lion

Could this 15-ton Lion of War have been carved with the destruction of Israel in mind? This gigantic roaring lion, once stood as part of a pair of lions at the entrance of an Assyrian temple dedicated to Ishtar, the goddess of warfare, and fertility. The temple was adjoining the palace of King Ashurnasirpal II (reigned 883-859 BC). The temple was excavated by Henry Layard in 1849. "...Where can we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?" Isaiah 20:6

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